William Lewis Culpepper

Male, #35650, (24 Jan 1900 - 19 Jan 1946)
Father*Francis Daniel Culpepper (21 Oct 1859 - 10 Apr 1910)
Mother*Mary Ellen Loter (14 Feb 1871 - 28 Jan 1916)
Name Variation He was also known as Louis William Culpepper. 
Birth*24 Jan 1900 William was born at Olympus, Childress Co., Texas, on 24 Jan 1900. 
1900 Census1 Jun 1900 Otis and William was listed as a son in Francis Daniel Culpepper's household on the 1900 Census at Duke Twp, Greer Co., Oklahoma.1 
Photographedcirca 1902 He appeared as a son in a family photograph circa 1902 at Greer Co., Oklahoma,
Left to right: Matilda Margarette Culpepper, Otis Francis Culpepper, Mary Ellen Culpepper, Francis Daniel Culpepper, Rosa Mabel Culpepper, and William Lewis (Louis William) Culpepper in front of Mary Ellen (Loter) Culpepper.
Daniel Culpepper family
Death of Father10 Apr 1910 His father Francis Daniel Culpepper died on 10 Apr 1910 at Greer Co., Oklahoma.2 
1910 Census15 Apr 1910 Otis, William, James and Howard was listed as a son in Mary Ellen Loter's household on the 1910 Census at Coralea, Harmon Co., Oklahoma.3 
Death of Mother28 Jan 1916 His mother Mary Ellen Loter died on 28 Jan 1916 at Greer Co., Oklahoma.2 
World War I*between 1917 and 1918 He served in US Army between 1917 and 1918.4 
Photographed1924 He was photographed in 1924 at Hutchinson Co., Texas,
ranch house of the Crutch Ranch.5
Louis William Culpepper age 24
Marriage License4 Apr 1924 William applied for a marriage license to wed Celia Ellen Patterson at Hollis, Harmon Co., Oklahoma, on 4 Apr 1924. 
Marriage*5 Apr 1924 He married Celia Ellen Patterson at Hollis, Harmon Co., Oklahoma, on 5 Apr 1924 at age 24. 
1930 Census*1 Apr 1930 William was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census at Dryden, Harmon Co., Oklahoma.4 
Photographed*1945 He was photographed in 1945 at Hollis, Harmon Co., Oklahoma.5
Louis William Culpepper age 45
Death*19 Jan 1946 He died at Hollis, Harmon Co., Oklahoma, on 19 Jan 1946 at age 45.6 
Burial*21 Jan 1946 His body was interred on 21 Jan 1946 at Fairmount Cemetery, Hollis, Harmon Co., Oklahoma
Biography* Mrs. B. J. (Kathye Culpepper) Garrett, wrote in an 18 Jul 1978 letter about her father's name: He was named William Lewis but, (to the dismay of his oldest sister) he changed to Louis William. This is what you will find on any legal documents.
      In a 15 Aug 1978 letter, Kathye wrote that her father was approximately 5'7" tall and "his hair was jet black and his eyes dark brown." Kathye continued in the 18 Jul 1978 letter with information about her father: Daddy was a totally disabled veteran of WW I. He enlisted in the Army at age 17 - with consent of the oldest sister (Maggie). He was an ambulance driver and while in the battle field encountered poison gas. He was in France when the Armistice was signed. After he received his discharge and just before he and mother married, he was a cowboy on Crutch Ranch. The ranch still exists and is just outside the city limits of Borger. At the time he was employed there, the closest town was Panhandle. I remember him telling me that it took him a full day to go to Panhandle and back in a buckboard to pick up supplies for the ranch. He returned to Oklahoma shortly after the first oil well was brought in in Hutchinson Co. He lived in Oklahoma until his death....
      The following obituary is from an unknown Harmon County paper: Last Rites For L. W. Culpepper Held on Monday Funeral services were held Monday for Louis W. Culpepper, 46-year-old county resident who died Saturday at the local hospital.... A resident of the county practically all of his life, Culpepper was a veteran of World War I where he saw overseas service. In later years he was engaged in the automobile business in Gould. The family moved to Hollis four years ago. Services were held Monday afternoon at the Church of Christ with Minister A. F. Thurman and Earl Brecheen in charge. Interment was at Fairmount. Surviving relatives include his wife, Mrs. Celia Ellen Culpepper and two daughters, Mrs. Wynnogene Gould and Miss Kathleen Culpepper all of the home address. Also surviving were two sisters, Mrs. George Elrod of Gould and Mrs. W. A. Boyett of Shrewder and three brothers, O. F. Culpepper of Gould and J. H. Culpepper and H. H. Culpepper of Fresno, Calif. Burial services were in charge of Coley's.
      The funeral notice read: FUNERAL NOTICE Louis W. Culpepper Born January 24, 1900 Died January 19, 1946 Services will be held in the Church of Christ in Hollis, January 21, 1946 at 3:00 p.m. Interment In Fairmount Cemetery. 


Celia Ellen Patterson (20 Jan 1904 - 16 Jan 1992)
Marriage License4 Apr 1924 William applied for a marriage license to wed Celia Ellen Patterson at Hollis, Harmon Co., Oklahoma, on 4 Apr 1924. 
Marriage*5 Apr 1924 He married Celia Ellen Patterson at Hollis, Harmon Co., Oklahoma, on 5 Apr 1924 at age 24. 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited13 Mar 2011


  1. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 81, Sheet 2A, Pg 71, Gen.com Im-3, Dougherty, Duke, Greer Co., OK
    Daniel F. Culpepper, Head, M, Oct-1858, 41, md-9 yrs, AL AL AL, Farmer
    Mary E. Culpepper, Wife, F, Feb-1871, 29, md-9 yrs, Ch 5/5, TX TX TX
    Maggie Culpepper, Dau, F, Jan-1892, 8, S, TX AL TX
    Odis F. Culpepper, Son, M, Mar-1894, 6, S, TX AL TX
    Rosa M. Culpepper, Dau, F, Oct-1893, 5, S, TX AL TX
    Mary E. Culpepper, Dau, F, Dec-1897, 2, S, TX AL TX
    Louis Culpepper, Son, M, Jan-1900, 4/12, S, TX AL TX
    William A. Pearce, Boarder, M, Jun-1825, illeg, M, UN, ME ME ME.
  2. USGenWeb Archives.
    Dryden Cemetery, Harmon Co., OK, Submitted by Jeanette Coaly:
    F. D. Culpepper, 18 Oct 1860 - 10 Apr 1910, Father
    M. E. Culpepper, 14 Feb 1871 - 26 Jan 1915, Mother.
  3. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 123, Sheet 2B, Pg 190B, Gen.com Im-4, Coralea, Harmon Co., OK
    Mary E. Culpepper, Head, F, 38, WD, Ch 8/6, TX IL MO, Farmer
    Otis F. Culpepper, Son, M, 16, S, TX AL TX
    Mary E. Culpepper, Dau, F, 12, S, TX AL TX
    Louis W. Culpepper, Son, M, 10, S, TX AL TX
    Harvy J. Culpepper, Son, M, 4, S, OK AL TX
    Howard H. Culpepper, Son, M, 6/12, S, OK AL TX
    Lee C. Headrick, Boarder, M, 24, S, OK SC TX, Laborer-Farm.
  4. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 1, Sheet 4A, Pg 118, Dryden, Harmon Co., OK
    Rent=Y, Radio=N, Farm=Y
    Louis W. Culpepper, Head, M, 30, M, md@24, TX US TX, Engineer-Water Pump, Vet=WW
    Celia E. Culpepper, Wife, F, 26, M, md@20, OK AR MO
    Jennie R or L? Culpepper, Dau, F, 5, S, OK TX OK
    Kathleen Culpepper, Dau, F, 2 2/12, S, OK TX OK.
  5. Correspondence from Kathye Culpepper Garrett to Lew Griffin, 1978.
  6. E-mail written Jul 2009 to Lew Griffin from Ragenea Kaye Garrett, 10242 Coleman Lane, Elberta, AL 36530, e-mail address.